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Until today, only Anselme, Collomp, Mercier, Ahmaidi, and Prefaut (1992) found a significant effect of caffeine on maximal anaerobic power output (Wmax), as derived from a series of maximal 6-s cycle sprint tests. Unfortunately, study by Anselme et al. (1992) has some limitations including: (1) the use of a mixed gender sample; (2) the use of a fixed (250 mg), rather than a body mass-relative caffeine dose; (3) the absence of serum caffeine analysis to confirm caffeine abstinence; and (4) the absence of a familiarisation trial.
The aim of Mark Glaister and his colleagues from the St. Mary's University in Twickenham, UK, was thus to "repeat the study by Anselme et al. (1992), addressing the aforementioned issues, in an attempt to provide a clear answer as to whether caffeine has an effect on sprint cycling performance" (Glaister. 2014).
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The scientists were able to show that caffeine will actually increase peak anaerobic power output in a series of 6-s cycle ergometer sprints, separated by 5-min passive recovery periods.
|Figure 1: Statistical significant performance increases occur only at torques that allow the subjects to perform at their individual maximal aerobic power output (W_max) - torques that were not used in previous studies (Glaister. 2014)|
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